Atlanta rapper 2 Chainz may be showing signs of worrying about a sophomore jinx after revealing his frustration toward Def Jam for reportedly under shipping Based On A T.R.U. Story II: Me Time.
While he would not get into specifics, Chainz admitted he was not on the same page as Def Jam in regard to his sophomore solo album’s release.
While chatting with Angie Martinez during Hot 97?s In-Studio series, 2 Chainz revealed that their may be trouble in paradise. Upset at the low number of albums shipped out by his label, the rapper told that he’s afraid fans will not be able to find his album. “I’m already pissed”, said Chainz when asked by Angie if he’s anticipating bad sales. Although the rapper did not reveal exactly how many were shipped, he tells that him and Def Jam got mixed up when it came to the amount that would be made available to the public. (XXL Mag)
Although he did not name the record, Chainz recently pointed out a Mannie Fresh-produced record is his album’s standout track.
“If I had to choose my biggest single off this album, it would probably be the Mannie Fresh record. I feel like we had some type of chemistry and brought back that old feeling,” Chainz said in an interview. “The process of being in the studio with a hip-hop producer, legends like DJ Toomp and Mannie Fresh, it was a very comfortable thing for me. I’ve had a relationship with those guys for years. My relationship with Mannie Fresh lasts as long as my relationship with Lil Wayne but actually just working on a project or my album is something we’ve never done before. He came to my spot in Atlanta for a couple of days and he made the beat right in front of me on the iPad.” (Civil TV)
A few days ago, Deuce said fans could expect a slightly throwback version of rap veteran Ma$e on the new LP.
“Murda Ma$e,” Chainz said referencing Ma$e’s appearance on the album. “I just think it’s truthful Ma$e. I ain’t heard him do this before so I gotta keep this. This was like a diary Ma$e. Like, he just let us read a page out of his diary, on this particular song. It’s called ‘Beautiful Pain,’ produced by C-Note, it’s kind of a feel-good record, it’s not ratchet as people would think most of my records are. … Me and Ma$e do have a record on the album, I’m definitely excited about people hearing that record.” (Power 106 FM)
A new tracklisting for Chainz’s LP surfaced online last month and reveals a Mannie Fresh-produced track called “Used 2?”.
1. “Fork” (prod. by Mike WiLL Made It and Eardrummers) 2. “36? (prod. by Crak King) 3. “Feds Watching” (prod. by Pharrell) 4. “Where You Been?” (prod. by Mike WiLL Made It) 5. “I Do It” feat. Drake and Lil Wayne (prod. by D. Rich and Wonder) 6. “Used 2? (prod. by Mannie Fresh) 7. “Netflix” feat. Fergie (prod. by Honorable C.N.O.T.E.) 8. “Extra” feat. Rich Homie Quan (prod. by Wonder) 9. “U Da Realest” (prod. by Drumma Boy) 10. “Beautiful Pain” feat. Lloyd and Ma$e (prod. by Honorable C.N.O.T.E.) 11. “So We Can Live” feat. T-Pain (prod. by DJ Montay and J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League) 12. “Mainstream Ratchet” (prod. by Lil Korey) 13. “Black Unicorn” feat. Chrisette Michele and SunniPatterson (prod. by DJ Toomp) 14. “Outroduction” (prod. by StreetRunner) Deluxe Edition 15. “Employee of the Month” (prod. by Diplo and FKi) 16. “Live and Learn (It Will)” feat. Dolla Boy and Pusha-T (prod. by V Don) 17. “Livin” feat. IAMSU! (prod. by League of Starz) (B.O.A.T.S II: Me Time)